One of the biggest reasons for engine failure in the civil aviation industry is inspection error. Most inspection errors occur due to human negligence and not because of the equipment. One of the most common equipment used for inspections is a Articulated Borescope. The tool allows us to see and check areas of machinery and engines that are not visible without dismantling the entire thing.
Here are some tips for effective inspections using Articulated Borescope for different machinery and engines:
Familiarize Yourself with The Equipment
The first thing you need to do before inserting a Articulated Borescope into the engine or any other machinery for inspection is to learn how to use it. If you don’t know how to operate the equipment, you might not only end up damaging the Articulated Borescope but also damage the machinery you are trying to inspect. Read the manual and become comfortable with all the features and how to maneuver the Articulated Borescope or videoscope to learn its limitations and find out the best way to inspect the engine or machinery.
Know What You Are Viewing
The second step to ensure an effective inspection is to have an idea of what you are trying to find. Just inserting the Articulated Borescope into the engine, hoping to find fault or damages, will end up costing you a lot of time. You might also miss the area that needs repair or maintenance. Have a clear plan and understanding of the machinery and find out what defects look like before you start the inspection process.
Choose Features According to The Job
With the recent technological advancement, there are plenty of Articulated Borescope and videoscopes available in the market with a range of features and types. You can choose from rigid or flexible borescopes or portable or micro borescopes according to the task at hand. You can also choose Articulated Borescope with additional features such as illumination and different sizes according to the machinery or engine you need to inspect. Choosing the right tool will make the process easy and will offer better results!